- CompanyHome Depot
With less than two months left in Blake’s nearly eight-year tenure as CEO, Home Depot announced that a security hack left 56 million customer credit and debit cards at risk. It was among the largest hacks in U.S. retail history. Instead of laying low during his last days—he had already planned to step down as CEO in November 2014—Blake took the lead in responding to the crisis. Customers were provided free credit monitoring and Home Depot rented a call center that can handle 50,000 inquiries a day. The total cost of the breach has reached $62 million to date, but Blake has been praised for his efforts. —R.D.